Taking Risks and Making Them Work
By Angel Shadow
How do you define risk? For most of us, a risk is something you feel has a questionable outcome. It’s something you’re insecure about. It’s when you feel apprehension or doubt. The bigger the risk, the more your safety feels threatened. To accomplish this goal means stepping outside your comfort zone; something most of us are uncomfortable with, but once you come to terms with the fact that life isn’t always going to be familiar to what you’re used to, you’re more willing to move forward into unknown territory and that means taking risks.
Whether you realize it or not, there are two things that need to occur before you consciously take a risk. You need to feel ready and you need to be willing. To be ready means you are expressing a desire to make it happen. Then you become willing and that adds a new dimension to your readiness. Being willing means you will most likely take action. When you experience a desire to make a change in your life, you become willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen. You are then faced with the decision to take action by stepping into the unknown. This is where you experience risk, but if you know ahead of time what to expect from this risk, you can eliminate some of the fear you’re feeling.
How things appear are not necessarily how they really are. Appearances can be deceiving because you have a tendency to judge the situation from your own viewpoint. It’s important to change your perception of the conditions and situations you find yourself in before any real changes can take place.
The Universe is always there to assist you during your risk taking process. Once you commit to taking action, the Universe will respond by bringing you the opportunities you need to carry them out, but you have to show you are serious about your goal, otherwise the signals you send the Universe are confusing. Remember the role your free will plays in any situation you find yourself in. By committing to action, you tell the Universe you are serious and expect (not want-this is a different energy) results.
The first step is believing in the possibility of your goal. When you have faith that the Universe will respond and bring the opportunities you need, they will appear. You can think (or label) the Universe in whatever form you want, whether it be God, The Source, energy, etc., whatever you feel comfortable with, but you have to believe in it. This is where you get your power.
When you firmly decide on a goal, your belief in the goal automatically falls into place. Try to remember a time when you made a decision without thinking about it. You simply knew you were going to do it. Now remember the feeling that accompanied it. There was no worry. No anxiety. No pressure. You made a decision, you took action, and the Universe responded, bringing the end result into view. Once things are set in motion, you will receive a clear vision of what you are meant to do to bring this reality you expect (not want) into being.
Our goals first manifest in the fifth level of vibration; then the energy is pulled down into the third. Think about that for a second and keep in mind the third level of vibration is slow and dense. Sometimes it takes a while for what we’ve manifested in the fifth level of vibration to show itself in the third dimension of reality we currently live in. Also, remember you have free will. If you change your mind or alter your desired outcome, that is what will manifest in the third level of vibration. You may feel that your desires are not coming to fruition, when you really need to be honest about your intentions. Did you change your mind? Did your desired end result fluctuate in any way? The Universe will always respond to the energy you are sending out; the vibration you’re omitting.
You may feel you are making choices blindly, but you are really getting clues about your direction and choosing seems risky when you don’t trust where you’re being led. Once you understand that all you have to do is express the desire and only be concerned with what you will have (again, not what you want, those are different energies) the “how to do it” will be supplied for you. The only time you may not see your desire reaching its potential is when another individual’s free will is involved. You are not to interfere or manipulate another person’s free will. Ever. They may have a different view than you and may decide to move in another direction, but risk taking will always put you where you need to be when you are working on personal growth and potential. Let the other individual work on their risk taking process. They have no say in yours, and you have no say in theirs.
Your belief in your goal can be victimized by negative thought patterns (energy). If you experience guilt, doubt, fear, shame, resentment, etc., this negative energy will create disbelief, and disbelief can undermine weeks, months, or even years of hard work.
Every desire you experience has a purpose. Think of your desires/dreams/goals as instructions from the Universe. There is a greater purpose, even if you don’t realize it at the time. Your dreams and visions of the reality you’re seeking are your directions. This is another way of viewing intuition at work. Use your intuition and imagination to assist you. “Life is nothing but a series of visions.”
In Casey Chaney’s book, Ready, Willing & Terrified, she states, “You may not always feel like you are on track. But simply go about your business and the paths to your dreams will unfold along the way. You will still encounter doubt and indecision, frustration and fear. But the key word to remember is encounter. An encounter is a momentary meeting, not a lifetime venture. You will not be doubt and indecision, frustration and fear; you will encounter doubt and indecision, frustration and fear. Scraping out your old ideas and ways of life in order to make a place for the new and improved ones may be uncomfortable. This is what makes choosing risky. Though we encounter doubt, indecision, frustration, and fear along our path, our guidance will not fail us.”
In order to make changes in your life, you need to take action. The Universe can only respond when you give it something to respond to. It is during the action part of risk taking that your fears and doubts will surface. It’s when you’re ready to take action that the reality of your choice hits home. You realize there is no turning back. You are committed to an action that will throw you headfirst into unknown territory. If you are going to back out, this is usually when it will happen. If you don’t take this action, the scary unknown will remain in the shadows and you will stay in the comfort zone of your old familiar situation. Your old beliefs will remain. Your old views will stay the same. Your situation will remain unchanged. Is that what you really want?
Sometimes, you don’t get the answer or direction you were searching for. Casey Chaney also states that, “When a mouse is placed in a maze, it starts to run through the maze looking for the cheese. As the mouse runs around the corner, it is faced with a wall, but it doesn’t give up the quest. Nor does it try to beat the wall down. The mouse simply turns around and follows the corridor that’s open, even if that corridor seems to take it in the opposite direction of the cheese. The result is that the mouse eventually finds the cheese, but with a little setback. Finding the cheese means to willingly look for the open corridor and take that route.”
Here are five questions to help gain a different perspective. Use a current risk you are contemplating and your own worst case scenarios.
- What do you wish you could do, but are afraid to do because it seems risky?
- What is the worst that could happen if you take that risk?
- Do you truly believe the worst case will happen?
- If the worst happens, will you be destroyed or will you be able to find an avenue beyond destruction?
- Describe that avenue.
Now, be willing for the worst to happen. You don’t have to look forward to it, just be willing.
Don’t be so focused on the outcome that you miss the miracle in the making. Every achievement along the way is the vision manifesting itself. Remain conscious and aware of the stepping stones you encounter. Often, the miracles don’t appear to be miracles. Sometimes, we are forced to find alternatives, like the mouse looking for the cheese. When you experience conflict, look for the miracle (lesson) waiting to be discovered. Don’t give up on your search. What you desire may be around the next corner. There is no end to what you can accomplish as long as you’re willing to take the necessary risks along the way. Everyone who takes a risk experiences some discomfort and fear, but it is the individual who is determined to make the change and overcomes their fear and moves forward in spite of them, that will see their dreams become a reality.Reference book: Ready, Willing & Terrified: A Coward's Guide to Risk-Taking by Casey Chaney.
Another good book by Casey Chaney, but not used as reference: Pardon My Dust, I’m Remodeling.
My ancestry is Irish and Cherokee Indian and I have a gypsy spirit that refuses to be fenced in. I am definitely not a conformist. Much of my life was spent under the control of others. I have now found my own personal freedom, based on my own personal truth and nothing could be more liberating.